First Do No Harm: The DEA targets Physicians who treat their patients pain.

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since I've moved to Florida 3 years ago I have had nothing but problems trying to get my prescriptions filled.. I have been asked by the pharmacist for my MRI, my xrays and other treatment that my doctor has tried. I've been told I have to have two non narcotic prescriptions for every narcotic prescription or they will not fill them.. I've been told they won't accept my insurance because they take too long to pay they want cash only. Recently on a Thursday the pharmacist said I would have to wait until Monday since my doctor was closed on Friday because she has to verify with the doctor, however I only had enough pills for the rest of Thursday night which is why I was getting them filled. pharmacist said it was not her problem. however without my refills I would begin withdrawal within 24 hours. I have also been told the pharmacy is no longer accepting new patients. I have been embarrassed in front of my children ,who already suffer because of mychronic pain. I moved here from Michigan and I never had a problem with my prescriptions in Michigan. I am mortified that my life is left in the hands the pharmacist who is already prejudiced against opioid treatment and a doctor who is terrified of losing their license. if people were unable to get there heart medication or diabetes medications there would be an uproar, it's time somebody did something about this before we have mass suicide of chronic pain patients.
Years ago there was no long term treatment for pain now that there is life is so much better. It's so hard to get a good doctor my last doctor would refuse to hear any of my issues she was so worried about my pain Meds. Doctors are too scared to treat pain and yes I get treated like a drug addict at the pharmacy.
I AM DISABLED, Live with chronic pain daily . Intense daily pain is totally disabling. Horrible. Government DEA should stay out of Doctors and Patients business. We need help not censoring.
The government (DEA) has no business telling educated doctors how they can and cannot treat their patients! No more than the fools on Capitol Hill have telling doctors that they cannot perform abortions that they were trained to perform. Get government out of our personal lives NOW!
I too have chronic pain and in 32. I was in a car crash in 2003 and after 5 years my neck started bothering me. I had started cosmetology school using my arms and mid back more. I was miserable during school with nothing to eliminate pain. I didn't have $4-500.00 for pain management and I had moved to Florida where I had learned about abundance of people addicted to prescription drugs which made it very difficult to be seen and treated properly. After all this i by chance got in to see a very nice Dr. Which allowed me pain medicine based on me also getting rear ended in 2009. He has since passed on and unfortunately the Dr. I ended up with isn't as thorough but it is what it is i suppose. My quality of life has taken a hit but if I didn't have something sufficient when I do hurt i would be even more miserable. I do believe in exercising and strengthening your muscles if your able. Pain doesn't get better especially if your not able to move around. I try to see how in feeling that day, get up and move around, and do some house work. But my biggest challenge will be to quit smoking. I dont depend on my medicine because of staying aware of the dependency but more so (if taking my medicine as prescribed hasn't worked that day...... I dont take more) i try and relax or soak in the tub a short time. My husband has been in many wrecks and says he doesn't want pain medicine now because when he gets even older he wants something to work still Lola. (Makes sense as well) As americans/younger generation we need to be educated on all matters but lets face it there are going to be people of all spectrum's that misuse our resources causing the one to follow, to suffer. You can't control someone else's life their hurting themselves and some also are hurting ones around them. This will be till the end of time. But there are still ones that have limited monies or help and their in pain and to make it so hard to see a physician for All Matters really is disappointing as I am a young adult seeing what there may not be, for our future (of ALL areas).....?
i have been disabled going on 13 years now. I live in pain everyday all day. I have been taking pain meds for a long time and it's not that I want to take them it's because I have to if I want any kind of life. Our Government has discriminated against me by not letting me receive the treatment my doctors say I need. Just so happens there is nothing doctors can do for me except try and help me manage the pain I am in. I have to go through so much crap to get these meds my dictors prescribe for me if am able to get them filled at all. I can't tell you how many times I have gone through withdrawals just because some pharmacy is too scared to fill my scripts. I have been going to Walgreens for a very long time they know me when I or my wife walk in the door but I have problems getting my meds because they run out. They tell me it's because they are only allowed to have just so many at the store. So if they run out we are left running all over the country for meds.
I've been out of town and not be able to get my meds because the government thinks because I'm not in my hometown I'm shopping for drugs. Come on. I know there are problems with misusing scripts but that shouldn't have anything to do with me. You guys are elected officials and we trusted you to look after our needs. Help us our we get someone that will
I have a problem getting my morpheme.If the pharmacy is out I have waited in agony for a week till they get stock.If I go to any other pharmacy My Doctor fires me for breach of contract and I must go to the streets for heroin.If they planned to create addicts or kill chronic pain suffers their plan is working.
I too have become a "victim of discrimination" for about a year now!! I fell THROUGH my "Hurricane Sandy" floor, severely damaging my Hip and Back, that has now contributed to severe Nerve Damage throughout my body. I am on Long Island in NY and deal with this ridiculousness of not being able to get my much-needed Medication, ALL the time. I have an established relationship with my CVS Pharmacy, and have been on Oxycodone for 1 year now Regardless of the them knowing me for 18 years, after living here, them KNOWING the WHOLE STORY of what happened and how I damaged my Hip and Back, I still get the run-around. There are months in which I have had to drive (actually someone has to drive me, because when in so much Pain, I usually can't) to 15 different CVS' and stand there like an IDIOT explaining the story to every single one of them, and usually get the Story of "they" don't keep them in stock, or hope that "they" see I am NOT a Crack Addict, but just someone that is really in need of them in order to not be Bed-Riddin. This whole experience has opened my eyes as to what is happening out there and I will sign the Petitions now, if I have to, and would do more, IF I had the strength too, which I don't. The word PAIN is in my head every minute of every day for a Year & a 1/2 now and I can't even FIND a Pain Mgmt Dr that prescribes Opiods anymore..... This whole system is out of whack. I understand what the Gov't thinks they are doing to keep it out of the hands of kids and abuse, but it's getting ridiculous now. Please HELP ME and OTHERS that are SUFFERING on a Daily Basis...Thank you
I too suffer from chronic back pain that limits all activities. Over the counter medications do nothing for me anymore. At one point I was taking 3200 mg of ibuprofen a day, sometimes switching amount with aspirin. My stomach can no longer take it. I used to get hydrocodone at 5-10mg but haven't in over a year because inability of physician to prescribe. I would only take 1 a day sometimes every other day along with more ibuprofen. I didn't want to build a tolerance to the hydro because on really bad days I needed it to function. Simple daily chores are a nightmare and I'm constantly battling a messy house because I can't keep up. I have used alcohol to deaden the pain but that is even worse causing mood swings. I could make my prescription of 30 days last 2 months but still was treated like a drug addict. I'm very angry that people in the same position cannot get the medication they so desperately need. However members of congress, you and your families, hollywood actors, models, those in the music industry seem to have no problem with access to multiple opiats, morphine, cannabis oils, uppers , downers anything you want. What's wrong with this picture? We are simply trying to function at a somewhat normal ability. This problem needs to be addressed! Oh and one more thing when was the last time you took a **** test!!!!!!!
I think its down right disgusting that we have to hurt & have to even ask for something for pain in the first place,yes I am in pain & I'd like to be able to get up & clean my house,maybe plant some flowers for spring,but there's not a Dr around that will help me,I've never Dr hopped but I'm ready to, I'd love to have a better quality of life, and not be treated as a dope head,all this is doing is causing people to buy from the people who DO get them that don't need them in the first place.
People are in "REAL" pain! And the Doctors are afraid of the DEA! Does the DEA have their Doctor Degree? I agree some so called "DOCTORS " are only in it for the money, but why make us in real pain suffer? I don't get it! There has to be a better way.
Is there a pain pill problem in this country ? Yes, there is !!! A solution needs to be made though, to help the people in chronic pain and not to lump us as all crazy addicts when we are not !! I would like to be able to clean my house ! Is that really to much to ask for ??? Give Drs back the right to care for their patients and please educate them on giving pain pills in a reasonable and responsible manner. Why do we all have to suffer because of DEA's stupid attempt at cleaning up abusers, that has failed miserably and has only hurt those of us who are good, responsible citizens in pain. The whole country has gone mad over this !!!
A few years ago, my father was dying from pancreatic cancer, one of the more painful ones, we were told. I took him to a pain clinic. The very first think they did was to read him the riot act. No early refills, no lost prescriptions, no higher doses without seeing the doctor, no pain meds from any other doctor but this one, and so forth and so on. They didn't even bother to ask him what he was there for before they began treating him like a drug seeker. He was 70 years old and dying. He deserved more respect than that. And now, I find myself in chronic pain as well. My doctor does her best to keep me comfortable, but we've given up on achieving pain free. You need to stop and think about what you are doing to those of us in chronic, severe pain. How are we supposed to live? How are we supposed to function? You start punishing doctors for doing their job, then you also start punishing the innocent. What have I done to deserve to live in this level of pain? What has my doctor done wrong by helping me? The answer to both of those questions: absolutely nothing.
I am in so much pain every day that it impairs my ability to function and complete simple tasks like grocery shopping. My doctor undertreats my pain which means that I spend most of my days at home in tears. How can we be expected to live like this?
It's very hard to even get a doctor this shouldn't be now my doc I currently have all ways says why don't Medicaid pay us I hear it every time I go it's not my problem my problem is getting well
Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome is a constant burning, electric, sharp pain that rates very high on the pain scale. I have had this condition for 20 years. After a series of painful treatments I still have pain that is a 7 out of 10 with pain medicine. It is infuriating that because of the few people who abuse the system, it screws up everything for everyone else.
I take pain medications daily to treat chronic pain and fibromyalgia. I also take a different pain medication to treat my endometriosis two weeks out of every month.
I understand why there needs to be stricter requirements in order to obtain pain medications. However, not every one is a drug seeker. There are a majority of us out there that are seriously suffering needlessly in pain everyday because doctors are afraid to prescribe those medications that would relieve their pain.
As a patient who suffers from long term pain, I am so tired of being looked at and treated like a drug abuser. I have no quality of life without meds. I don't want to get high, I want to get out of bed! I take my meds as prescribed. However, I know my doctors are being monitored and being pushed to get people off of painkillers. Why not take insulin from diabetics? Take away blood pressure medications? Blood thinners? Why? Because no doctor in their right minds would allow that to happen to their patients. Chronic pain is no different than any other disease. Stop legislating and let doctors do their job, which is taking care of the health of their patients.
I chose quality over quantity long ago.Without my medication I would not be able to walk (what little I can now) breath w/o pain,have anything that resembles a life. This decision is mine to make where with education I'm fully informed on all of the risks,side effects and regular checkups with my many Drs. I'm closely regulated have never once went outside of doctor prescribed medication.It is very hard when you have a life planned for yourself than due to someone else it was taken away.I was a battered wife, which left me with broken breast implants leaving me with Silicone Poisoning throughout my entire body.The closest thing Drs. can relate to it is Lupus. My joints stick,I fall from hip dislocations,sores that will not heal,atrophy everywhere on my body, hair loss, severe migraines, sleepless nights from pain any scale from 1-10 than from a car accident an Achilles that will not heal so my heal is 3.5 inches from touching the floor.My elbow may be in the middle of my chest or my collar bone stuck where my cleavage is. Night sweats or chills that lasts for days and immune system that is as weak as a new borns.
I take supplements, do not eat red meat, eat organic as much as my less than 4 figures a month allows. No sugar, no caffeine,no additives,no eating out (ever) still deal with colon problems. The arthritis in itself is like that of a 80 year old all of my bones are bowed and I have anxiety attacks that just make me angry . This is not why I went to school or had almost perfect 4.0. It was not the plan. Then to have people who have no idea how we suffer to decide they are controlling our medication or taking more of it away have no clue what real pain patients deal with on a daily basis. Maybe you deal with criminals but please do not make our doctors who are trying to help us feel like they are going to lose their license because they care. We want to try to enjoy our life,as much as we possibly can. There are no vacations, or extended plans our plans are around Dr. appointments or anxiety dealing with stuff like this. America is full of real criminals, even elected people who get paid helping them however me for one is tired if fighting with what little strength I have. I can tell a fraud in a second maybe less, why than are we suffering because you can't? Is it not cost effective? There are many of us whom you can put together a board who would gladly help you figure this out,clean up the dirty and help the sick people in pain go about their lives.
There is one HUGE difference we would gladly if had the choice rather to never take another pill the rest of our lives of possible.Most of us never go to Emergency Rooms, on a whole we all pray,share information on natural ,organic supplements,foods that help, exercise if possible(many can't exercise however do from bed,chair etc.) what I'm saying you are trying to put 2 groups of people in on mold when we are extremely different. Why not get us together, make up a panel of us and get yo
I am allergic to pain meds put can take one if really bad and can't take the pain . I have tmj implants, 4 fusions cervical. ibs, diverticulitis, diverticulosis, spastic colon, low pack burned nerve, anxiety, fibromyalgia for car accident 1985 holding back on medicine for those who need it is a crime in my book !! or and osto arthritis and psoriatic arthritis,. I am writing this for myself and also for my Fibromyalgia group these conditions some are from fibromyalgia oh and eye problems now also from the fibromyalgia Please help us !! 30 years dealing with this...Lift the lock hold on Doctors !!!
If you had Fibromyalgia and arthritis and a dozen other chronic diseases you wouldn't have to even wonder why some of us need our pain medication and not the added hassle of getting it from our doctors.
We need help. We juest want to live as normal a life as possible.
Ditto the above!
Please help!!! We are real people just trying to maintain as normal a life as possible!!
take to the streets/or just pick up your phone,now is the time to fight back if not it will only get worse.more cuts coming ,metal health drugs cuts in Oregon destroying familys/clients having seasures /dieing/more death a head /is this pop control?? pain med cuts already killing clients in Oregon ,lets stand up togather we are many [aka the 99%] and now we know it ,they keep taking from us ,the banks/wallstreet/government/ 5.56/2.23 ammo n more /tax payers pay almost 50% of ther moneys each mo , in protest tell they start giving back I say we don't buy any food,gass, go to work for 1 week ,we can mat them see ist ur country us you and I , 99% says it all ? ill leave you with this just how far will you let them go with out standing up ?? other over counter pain meds next ,just how much can you suffer ,wille like our govner kitzahobber whom is gone now set up Oregon health plan to fail from the get go ,STAND UP NOW ,usjustice@cablespeed.com
stand up now/we are the 99%
I understand our nation is facing a serious health crisis regarding opiates. However, throwing the baby out with the bath water is not the answer. This apparent rush to fix an issue that's taken a decade or so to develop is causing more harm than it's mending. The recent soup du jour is that doctors need to buy into the (unlikely), "fact" that no one needs more than one certain sum of medication per day or lose your license is the type of strong arm BS America is not supposed to be about. Their laboratory rats may keep pressing the lever but I'd like to think a good (if not all), portion of humans are capable of being taught to not develop such (addictive) behavior. And IF addiction, hyperalgesia or whatever are real concerns then find a solution other than making people suffer. Also, I do not agree that doctors ought to be held liable for diversion. If it happens and the doctor has done everything they can to prevent it (pill counts & urine test & NO early refills), then when the patient is caught breaking the law hold the patient responsible. And IF our country wants to prevent diversion help low income people make ends meet. Speaking of which I've read that most pills on the street cannot be traced back to a prescription but rather from having been "imported". This propaganda must stop before more and more people with chronic pain commit suicide.
Soon as I mention my condition i cannot even get an appointment with a Family Physician............
I have a neurological disease that strips the myelin sheath from my peripheral nerves. It starts in your hands & legs, rendering some paralyzed, then moves throughout our bodies. Those of us having a more sensory dominate form seem to experience more pain than others. Some of the battles we have to fight are difficult enough..just day to day living, being your own advocate for treatments dealing with insurance and such. I personally don't want to go the pain management route because first my disease is rare and finding neurologists is hard enough much less a pain management physician who is versed in CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, the cousin to MS) ? These clinics are already costing our overtaxed medicare system..they often prescribe very expensive multiple prescriptions, (which part D gets hit by) then some are charging $1,000 for each mandatory drug test. I have no problem taking a drug test because I don't' take what isn't prescribed to me but I do have a problem taking medications I don't need or having Medicare overpay for services. If you don't do exactly as these doctors say..you are considered non-compliant and fired as a patient. (This is not my personal experience, just what I have heard from others). I already have a damaged nervous system and some of the lesser scheduled medication available to me for nerve pain turn my brain into mush. It is already hard enough to live while your own body attacks your nervous system add in the stress of having to lie in bed many days because you have no choice..and that just adds to our pain!
i'm a chronic pain patient and if I didn't have my medication I could not live! Chronic pain may happen to you one day and then you will understand. Pease have a heart!
i'm a chronic pain patient and if I didn't have my medication I could not live! Chronic pain may happen to you one day and then you will understand. Pease have a heart!
Pain relief should be a human right! Many chronic pain patients have committed suicide, after denial of help. The addicts will always self destruct one way or another people! But they should have NEVER been used as the catalyst for these draconian evil laws. Here in Pulaski Co., KY, we have a self appointed "Drug Task Force" that I suspect is ILLEGAL. Any lawyers out there that agree? We need to DISBAND these CROOKS!! REVOLUTION!!
Please - all who visit here - there is currently a "We The People" petition on the government site that needs 100,000 signatures by April 30th. We only have 350! There are far more than 100K of us that need Washington to address this issue. MoveOn.org also has a petition. Sign all of them - and send them to ten of your friends, who should sent them on to ten of theirs. The ball keeps getting dropped on this issue and for now it is up to us to educate the public and regain our rights as patients and as citizens. We too also deserve to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Pain patients deserve quality of life, a quality of which they are now being denied, Instead they face rejection, shame and are made to feel as if they are criminals - all for suffering from a condition that is as real as any other chronic illness, nor is it their fault. If we were speaking here of cancer, diabetes or HIV patients being treated this way not only would this become a major issue of disgrace which the media would be a buzz about but the systematic discrimination of pain patients would be called out for what it is; a violation of our civil rights and the medical violation of the Hippocratic Oath. It is not just patients who are suffering; innocent compassionate doctors hands are tied and their practices, reputations and livelihood are unfairly damaged. Their livelihood is threatened for practicing THEIR art-one for which they are extensively trained in and for which they should be free to treat their patients as they see fit. The DEA do not have medical licenses, not do the Attorney Generals who have decided to make this their "cause celeb". We must fight back. Keep writing, sign petitions, get active. We are not criminals - we are patients who deserve medical treatment and the right to quality of life.
I have chronic debilitating pain. I began pain managment over 10 years ago. I was able to go back to school, work full time all while being a active single mother - fast foward to today I am on barely on any pain medication and now I am fully disabled and can barely function at the most basic level - all due to severe pain. I am no longer a productive asset to the community I can barely stand long enough to cook a meal or vaccum. This drastic decline in my daily activities and quality of life is directly correlated to the now lack of sufficient management of my severe chronic pain.
I see the fear in all my Doctors and surgeons when we discuss my pain. Some have even said its because of my age and what statistics have shown about prescription drug abuse. They just shake their heads because they know how much pain I have and always will be - but they worry about losing there medical liscence . One told me try and just accept that this is how I will have to live each day till I die. Another actually cried and hugged me while reviewing my latest MRI and said I dont know how you are even walking.
I have lived with my pain being tolerable and I loved each day. I was productive and could be a great mother playing with my kids and doing activities , I had so many friends - I was a caregiver myself I had gotten my EMT certificate , I was in nursing school and had been recruited by 3 seperate police departments ( I was disqualified due to the risk of my pre-existing injuries being worsened in such a physical job)- now without sufficient pain medication I lay awake everynight and pray for just a moment to feel like myself again - having this pain I have lost my self worth , my ability to contribute to society, I am at the point of taking life hour by hour - sometimes it is so bad I live minute to minute praying for relief. Its sad that the only time I am pain free NOW is under general anesthesia during one of my surgeries. I also wanted to point out that while going through the disability process every one of the disability doctors wrote in their reports "patient is in need of better pain managment " . The disability report at the the end stated by the Judge also wrote he felt if my pain was managed I could hopefully return to work in the future. Yet no doctor is willing to write the prescription s because they are so scared. I and my children dont have the quality of life we used to. People don't understand what torture it is to live every second of their day in pain. To laugh to breath deep to cry to hug or hold my kids or let them sit on my lap - It breaks my heart but it physically hurts to much.
I have arthritis and so far do fine with aspirin, but I know the day will come when I will need more. I understand the perils of addiction and overdose, but it seems like our government doesn't understand the perils of undertreatment. People deserve a decent quality of life. Textbooks say to titrate to effectiveness, but doctors are afraid to use that much. The government needs to get their noses out of doctors' offices, as long as doctors are seeing patients in their offices and monitoring them adequately.
After failed cervical corpetomy 2008. Have been in sever constant intractable pain and have not received adiquit care to date. Been yelled at, blamed, and ignored. In the the Health Care System the Care part for pain does not exist. Only bias.
I started my life of pain in 1967 with the now familiar concussion. The army gave me a 4F when my peers were being shipped to Vietnam. That was only the beginning of a lifetime of spinal and brain injuries. No I am not on disability. I have lost everything except the love and care of my wife. If I loose my only ability to try and maintain my pain I just hope my life will end soon thereafter even though being w/o my wife is almost unbearable. But the suffering she would have to endure and the loss of quality of life it may be my last chance to think of someone other than myself.
Everyone here, making comments, thinks their congressman is going to read these comments and act on them. They are sorely mistaken. This is a blog and nothing more. The legal assistant will sift this stuff and send you a canned response, as if they care. It's BS, of course. Has anyone seen a change nationwide in regards to this new gestapo DEA ruling? No, and you're not likely to, either. Elephants will sprout wings and fly, first. Ordinary Americans will have to take matters into their own hands...interpret that for yourself. People are resourceful, for good or for bad. Desperate times necessitate desperate measures. DEA, FDA, federal government, what's the difference, none of them care about this issue! The new congress is comfortably in office and they could care less about people who are suffering due to the current gestapo DEA/FDA ruling. When "could" this issue matter? When the president and congress neuter the DEA and/or disband it altogether. The power of this small cabal is like that of the secret police during the era of the Nazis in Germany. But, the government does not care about you or me, unless they need our vote for something they wish to pass. I no longer vote. No real change takes place through the established channels. I have seen this and experienced this as a voter since Carter and Ray-gun were head to head over the presidency. I trust nobody in government any longer. The crooks are always in charge and the real people who could effect change, the people best suited to do the country good, don't run for office because power corrupts. Anyway, I am about to undergo a third back surgery and thank goodness it is not an extensive one, so my post-op pain won't be as bad or as nagging. These posts really ought to go to an ACLU lawyer, where at least something might get started. No "official" government lawyer would give you the time of day on this one....they all spout the party line.
Well, I hope to God something gets done. An outside miracle? Change of regime? A second American revolution? Who knows. The government is not going to change on its own, and don't think that voters will have any say on that through proper channels. A ground floor, grass roots, movement is the only way. The ACLU must get involved too. They at least get heard and carry some weight. As in 1930's Nazi Germany, what is considered criminal(to us) becomes law. The Nazi's turned human rights on its head, just as our government(passive) and the DEA
(active) are doing at the current moment.
Good luck to us all. I will say a prayer and send positive energy, because that is more than our congress will do.
Dear People, perhaps you have no idea who you're pleading to here, if your doctor still has a job then his spine has already been effectively removed, your congressman knows the deal all too well and is deeply in the pocket, and the DEA who are enforcing this sincerely ENJOYS YOUR SUFFERING. If you're not going down to your corner smack dealer and getting your "prescription" (preferably in needle form) then you can go right ahead and die. Straight up, your money needs to go through their underground emissaries and directly into their pockets. Fast and Furiously. (which BTW was our old mexican guns for smack program. what? you didn't think we were just giving those guns away to cartels did ya? lol) The sweetest thing to them is if by any luck they ever catch you engaged in their business then they get to take you in to meet all their other business partners, you know, the judges and lawyers and prison guards etc all there to give you a wonderful stay and a hefty long term bill to boot. Please keep in mind that these are the effects of what more than sometimes happens when a doctor pushes a patient out his door and into the street in severe pain. I cannot help but resent and look down on as ignorant and or corrupt any doctor who can do such a thing to a patient in need. The DEA jackbooted thugs and all their ilk need to be removed from our peaceful co-existence, as they exist directly in opposition to what Freedom, Liberty and Independence represent. I took an oath twice in my lifetime to defend the constitution, once as a boy scout and later as a solider, and I have determined in all fairness that a War On Drugs is an attack directed against my precious freedom and has been used incrementally to infringe on all our privacies. Without a war on drugs when did the cops ever have any power or right to come sweeping through your house, shoot your dog and take your guns? Bottom line is Legalize ALL forms of drugs, it is the only true solution, and if you don't agree with what i'm saying here you need to ask yourself a very simple seeming question - Why do you think drugs are illegal? Moreover, would your doctor, as well as law enforcement, function more efficiently if all drugs were legal? Would less die or suffer? Treat addiction as a medical problem instead of a legal problem and the answer is actually quite simple.
Dear People, perhaps you have no idea who you're pleading to here, if your doctor still has a job then his spine has already been effectively removed, your congressman knows the deal all too well and is deeply in the pocket, and the DEA who are enforcing this sincerely ENJOYS YOUR SUFFERING. If you're not going down to your corner smack dealer and getting your "prescription" (preferably in needle form) then you can go right ahead and die. Straight up, your money needs to go through their underground emissaries and directly into their pockets. Fast and Furiously. (which BTW was our old mexican guns for smack program. what? you didn't think we were just giving those guns away to cartels did ya? lol) The sweetest thing to them is if by any luck they ever catch you engaged in their business then they get to take you in to meet all their other business partners, you know, the judges and lawyers and prison guards etc all there to give you a wonderful stay and a hefty long term bill to boot. Please keep in mind that these are the effects of what more than sometimes happens when a doctor pushes a patient out his door and into the street in severe pain. I cannot help but resent and look down on as ignorant and or corrupt any doctor who can do such a thing to a patient in need. The DEA jackbooted thugs and all their ilk need to be removed from our peaceful co-existence, as they exist directly in opposition to what Freedom, Liberty and Independence represent. I took an oath twice in my lifetime to defend the constitution, once as a boy scout and later as a solider, and I have determined in all fairness that a War On Drugs is an attack directed against my precious freedom and has been used incrementally to infringe on all our privacies. Without a war on drugs when did the cops ever have any power or right to come sweeping through your house, shoot your dog and take your guns? Bottom line is Legalize ALL forms of drugs, it is the only true solution, and if you don't agree with what i'm saying here you need to ask yourself a very simple seeming question - Why do you think drugs are illegal? Moreover, would your doctor, as well as law enforcement, function more efficiently if all drugs were legal? Would less die or suffer? Treat addiction as a medical problem instead of a legal problem and the answer is actually quite simple.
I live in Oklahoma and have a severe auto immune condition, which will eventually cost me my life. It is ridiculous that those who abuse pain medications to get high have screwed over those of us who truly need it just to be able to have some form of functioning in our daily lives! Don't get me wrong here, I understand the need for laws, but NOT to punish those of us with chronic pain that is not our faults and can't be avoided! We are given dirty looks by Pharmacists when we go to pick up our pain medications, and in a small town it's so much worse because our pharmacy actually TELLS others in our community what we are prescribed and that causes rumors and people to judge us when they do not even understand what we go through every day! Thank the Lord I have a team of specialists who do understand and do everything the law allows to try and keep my pain as minimal as possible. But, it's still not enough! Thank you so much Oklahoma for causing more harm to those of us with terminal illnesses to SUFFER! It is not us to blame for the drug problems in our state! Why are those of us who take our medications correctly, do all we are supposed to and do not abuse our medications being punished for the actions of others!!!!!! Why is our Governor doing this! How can you all sleep at night knowing that you have left cancer patients and veterans, and others like me who have other terminal conditions in horrific amounts of pain to the point we have no will to live through it anymore?!? I am young, I am a mother, and constantly feel I am a burden to my family. That is now 100% worse because I bed ridden thanks to the fact our state and country could care less about what they're doing to us, and how they're affecting our quality of life. What kind of life am I living when I'm stuck in bed thanks to what you've done! Yet everyone wonders why we say our lives aren't worth living anymore! Help us! Ask yourselves this, if I were in the shoes of all those people, how would I feel? But, that's the issue, no one understands until you ARE in all of our shoes, living a life of constant suffering. PLEASE we all beg of you, help us! Don't cast us aside to live this way, because trust me it isn't worth living like this.
I am a 40 year old, devoted mother of 2 beautiful little girls. I have had my shares of ups and downs with Multiple Sclerosis. This is an awful disease, and it has left me paralyzed more than a few times. I am in constant pain, of the spine, feet, muscular and skeletal pain. Pain I can't even find a description for, even after having it for 15 year. In Tennessee you are treated awful for having chronic pain, like a criminal and drug seeker. Degrading. I've only had to be on Oxycodone (the only thing that works for me) twice, off and on for 4 years, while my MS was flared. I couldn't walk, work, and barely get out of bed. It was during this last relapse that left me paralyzed that was shocked that my dr would not prescribe my pain med. She always prescribed what works, when I needed it. a few months here,,a few without,,just when things got so bad I couldn't function. This last time,s he sent me to a pain management clinic, and I complied, urine test..being treated horrible, and I left every 30 days with my 5 year daughter, in tears!! from being treated so awful. Pharmacy would say they were out of stock and I just gave up and went without.
I've tried Lyrica, because my primary dr would prescribe that, but it was a hell drug! safer than my 5mg of oxycodone??I don't think so..but I was sick of jumping through hoops for minimal amounts of what works! yes, 5mg of oxycodone.

was all I take for a life long disease, and I am treated like this. There are other far worse off than I, and for that I am SO very sad. Cancer patients, war vets, elderly :( my heart breaks for all the innocent casualties of this drug war
I've been dismissed from two Dr's after a MAPS report cited in error another Dr. a similar name. Now I have an infection I can't / won't go to a hospital because my primary care doctor PA Ashley Westcott won't prescribe anything for me first you said it was because she didn't have my records and it was because she drug tested me and I had benzo's in my urine and I still I didn't even know what those were. Turns out it qas Valium that had been prescribed for me after my surgery for muscle spasms now after reviewing all this and straightening out this and straightening out that. they call and tell me we're referring you to another clinic for your meds and for your mental health meda and your pain meds cause we can't write those here. we don't want to is the truth. whatever this is ridiculous so its been 2 months so now there's going to be another two months and in the interim I'm just supposed to suffer, this is ********. I was getting norco and oxycotin she won't give me Tylenol #3 nothing nothing this is ridiculous. They are treating us like animals and criminals.
I've been dismissed from two Dr's after a MAPS report cited in error another Dr. a similar name. Now I have an infection I can't / won't go to a hospital because my primary care doctor PA Ashley Westcott won't prescribe anything for me first you said it was because she didn't have my records and it was because she drug tested me and I had benzo's in my urine and I still I didn't even know what those were. Turns out it qas Valium that had been prescribed for me after my surgery for muscle spasms now after reviewing all this and straightening out this and straightening out that. they call and tell me we're referring you to another clinic for your meds and for your mental health meda and your pain meds cause we can't write those here. we don't want to is the truth. whatever this is ridiculous so its been 2 months so now there's going to be another two months and in the interim I'm just supposed to suffer, this is ********. I was getting norco and oxycotin she won't give me Tylenol #3 nothing nothing this is ridiculous. They are treating us like animals and criminals.
DEA, "pain specialists" (what a joke) requesting drug test at every office visit to rule out ABUSE, diversion, etc..plus $500.00+ office visit. Look now who is being *abused* by the very people we pay to help and protect us. God help you all!!
Everybody need to realize it ain't the DEA that's restricting these drugs, it's these ****ING LIEING DOCTORS!! These ****ING *******S do not want to do the paperwork required to fill the prescriptions. Period!! They are required to access the prescription management program and are also required to show cause and reason for the pain meds, these lazy prices of******just don't want to be bothered, they are also allowed by law to designate a nurse to do this, they can write by law up to a 90 day supply! The drs are ****ing this all up not DEA, I hope these ****ing bastards all get severe pain problems so they can get a taste of the******there dishing out!
I'm one of these patient who is being denied full treatment by my pain management. Does anyone know who I can speak with?
Stop making it hard on patients who suffer and need the pain medications. It's not fair!
I've been through Hell since becoming a pain patient. The only people who can help me, abuse me.
I had written before but all that I get is generated email from our Legislatures & you can't respond back. This new pain medication law is discrimination of the disabled and chronic pain suffers only. Go in every month to the Dr. to get a medication that takes the bite out of severe pain suffers. No one else that are on medication has to report to the dr. once a month for other medications. Probationers have to report to their Officers once a month and are given drug tests...is that what this country is coming to? Law abiding citizens treated like criminals but we are charged for this. Our insurance companies are probably gearing up to up our rates because of this. Who is benefiting from this law? If DEA can't do their jobs, then shame on them. But this law needs to be repealed and shut down regardless.
Also, many pain management doctors and clinics come up with and make their own rules,which further adds to not only the physical pain the patients are already experiencing,but creates emotional and financial pain,abuses and burdens;plus note that many of these patients also lack the "ways and means: to get not only try to get help for their pain and other misc symptoms,but also do not have transportation to and from these doctors and clinics. A pain management center I've been going to for the past 3 1/2 yrs now,has a big sheet of paper with rules that their patients must follow,or they will discharge and/or fire the patients from their care. One of the rules that bothers me most is one which to me is a form of "Medical Blackmail";it states that if their patients do not comply with treatments,other drugs,medical "VNS" trials and so forth,that they will stop seeing the patient,discharge them from the PM Dr. and clinic's care,plus will stop prescribing their patients the narcotic pain medications,which these patients have become dependent on(or medically addicted to) and need for their ongoing chronic pain. Many dr's and Pain management clinics even discharge their patients for things as simple as having to miss an appoinmtment ,because the patient was sick, didn't have transportation and misc other ligitamit things,that were and are beyond the patients control ,nor the patients fault really.So many patients have been unfairly discharged or fired by their pain management doctors and clinics, without even given a chance to be weaned off the narcotic drugs and without any type of counseling;thus they're sent off and out into the streets and back to their homes having to go off their narcotic medications "Cold turkey" and go through the horrific experience of narcotic "withdrawl" !!! This should be illegal for these dr's and clinics to do,as well as many other rules and practices they place upon already sick and many poor patients. Thus,you can see where the pain managment centers and doctors ( and the fear and influence of DEA),continue to be a major "part of the narcotic drug problem' and not a big " part of the solution",as they pretend to be;as a good percentage of these "thrown away patients",whom were trying to follow the right rules and ect.,are now going out into the streets buying anything from narcotics to heroin,so as not to have to keep going through the withdrawl they are experiencing,due to unfair practices by pain management doctors and clinics. These type of poor,many disabled, "thrown away patients" can become homeless,due to having to buy street drugs, some without health insurance that will cover their medications,doctors whom refuse to help,Pain management doctors and centers that in the end,often do more harm to their patients,than good. There are so many ,problems that arise from all these mentioned things and many more unmentioned issues and problems within the DEA,FDA,Pain Management doctors and clinics and
I have chronic pain from a work related spine injury in 2006, I have been on pain meds since day 1 and now my doctor refuses to continue seeing me much less getting meds and told me to find another doctor. I've seen 2 others and they don't prescribe pain meds for long term pain and sent me on my way. Whats left? illegal drugs which will kill me or alcohol in amounts that will kill me but just take longer? I know I can't live much less function with the pain I'm in without meds. I already take so much over the counter meds that are more dangerous to my organs than what I was getting from my Doctor for the past 8 years.
I am a former Corpsman who is now a chronic pain sufferer... I have saved many a life and now the VA has cut off my pain meds W H Y ! I've done nothing wrong and am condemned to live a life in torture after serving my country honorably... I will not be able to handle this as I am 52 with a bad heart and 6 diseases !
I can even get anything more than Tramadol for my severe pain in FL., My primary care doctor has let me go because he can't help me and I can't afford to keep paying for doctor visits as I can no longer work. He kept saying well try this specialist, then this one, then this one, Most my Insurance won't pay for, and the ones I tried just took my money, made me wait long times, and did nothing for me, I'm giving up. Time to hang a sign "thanks DEA" around my neck and put a bullet thru my head!

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